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Undergraduate Course: The Language of Animation (DESI08147)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe Language of Animation is designed to develop the student's understanding and application of pre-production methods in animation. The course examines the tools used to create and develop animation, in the pre-production stage such as storyboarding, creating animatics and using animation specific narrative devices. Using a combination of lectures and practical workshops, the course will enable students to consider the vital iterative stages of animation production and some of the theories which underpin them.
Course description The Language of Animation will develop the students understanding of the process of making animation by taking a focused approach to the pre-production stage of creating animated film. The course will examine the theory and history of editing and cinematography within the broader scope of screen grammar and apply these methods to working examples. What happens when different shots are used? What animation-specific techniques can be used to develop narrative? What can the storyboard and animatic do to aid the overall animation production?
Students will consider the points raised above, exploring them in a short critically reflective essay and a portfolio of animation tests.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  18
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 4, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 12, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course has two components for assessment:
Portfolio of research and film tests assessed against learning outcomes 1 and 2.
Short critically reflective essay (800 words) assessed against learning outcome 3.

All learning outcomes are weighted equally.
Feedback Formative presentations will be made in class at the mid point of the course (week 6) with verbal feedback given by course tutors and peers. Written feedback will be given on the summative submission within 15 days of submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify a variety of pre-production processes by notation of ideas, and development of drawn work in sketchbooks.
  2. Explore the qualities of a range of pre-production techniques and/or materials found within moving image work.
  3. Critically evaluate a selection of animation pre-production techniques within your work.
Reading List
"Understanding Animation" (1998) Paul Wells, Routledge
"The Fundamentals of Animation" (2nd Ed. 2016) Paul Wells and Samantha Moore.
"Film Art: An Introduction" (2010) David Bordwell and Kristen Thompson, McGraw Hill
"Grammar of the Edit" (4th Ed 2018) Christopher J Bowen, Routledge
"Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Character for Animated Features and Shorts (3rd Ed 2017) Nancy Beiman. CRC Press, Boca Raton.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical thinking, analytical thinking, communication, research skills, documentation
KeywordsScreen langauge,animation,editing,cinemaography,storyboards,animatic,pre-production
Course organiserMrs Rachel Everitt
Tel: (0131 6)51 5964
Course secretaryMr Paddy Marr
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